• Writing

    Using a writer's workshop format, we'll review some of the basics of writing.

     Sentence Review

    We'll review and practice sentence writing.  We'll learn the difference between a fragment and a run on.  Finally, we'll develop sentence mastery using visual and hands-on strategies to encourage all students to write sentences at a proficient level.
    Paragraph Review
    We'll review a paragraph format and use a color code to help us remember all of the important parts.


    Topic Sentence: The main topic of the composition is stated.

    Reason/Detail/Fact : Give the reader a main reason, detail or fact that relates to and supports the topic sentence. Use transitions (First,... First of all,... In addition,... Also,...) to start these sentences.

    Explain/Example: Give an example for the statement made in the reason/detail/fact sentence.

    Concluding Sentence: The topic is restated to remind the reader what the composition was about. (Begin this sentence with Clearly,... In conclusion,... All in all,...)







    The following is an example of a 7-sentence paragraph composition:


         My favorite animal is the Giant Panda for two reasons. First of all, I like the panda because it looks so cute and cuddly. The panda's black and white body colors are simple, make it stand out, and look soft. Its sad looking face makes me want to hug it and make it happy. In addition, I am fond of the giant panda because it is endangered. We all should try to preserve the animals, like the panda, that are in danger of extinction. Clearly, the Giant Panda is the animal I like best.

    The Writing Process
    We'll learn about the writing process by working through publication.  We'll select a paragraph draft to develop, reread our work critically, ask ourselves questions about our writing, revise, proofread, and finally publish our writing.  Finally, we'll learn about professional author's writing process, and continue to confer in a caring and respectful way.  

    Animal Research
    We'll immerse ourselves in information about animals and choose an animal to research further. 
    We'll write, revise, and publish a piece of informational nonfiction about an animal. 
    We'll choose to create a diorama, poster, or game about our animal.
    We'll present to the class.

    Personal Narratives
    We'll explore the genre of personal narrative and write about significant topics and events from our lives.  We'll explore what goes into a good personal narrative including sensory details to make stories come alive.  We'll hear, discuss, and write personal narratives.  We'll ask one another questions about our writing and give feedback in helpful and respectful ways.  We'll also practice giving our full attention to the person who is speaking and expressing interest in other people's writing.

    Writing About Reading

    We'll use prompts to push our thinking about our reading.
    We'll write about character traits, character change, and try to find the authors main idea in our writing.  We'll learn to give proof from the text for our thinking.  We'll practice writing summaries, including problem, solution, setting, and characters.

    Persuasive Writing
    We'll write a paragraph to convince the reader to buy a product which we produced for Market Day.  The paragraph will be taken through the writing process and published on our Market Day poster to be shared with parents.

    Poetry Writing
    We'll try our hand at writing poetry after being inspired by Sharon Creech's Love That Dog.  We'll experiment with different poetry formats after analyzing published poetry.  We'll choose our favorite poems to revise, edit, and publish.

    Fictional Writing
    We'll explore fiction writing and draft, revise, and publish our own stories.  Through reading different kinds of fiction stories and exploring the way authors put stories together, we'll learn how to integrate elements of character, setting, and plot into our own stories.  We'll further our understanding of how characters are revealed through description, action, and speech, and we'll use interesting verbs and adverbs to make our writing dynamic.  We'll cultivate a relaxed and creative attitude toward our writing and continue to be contributing members of the classroom writing community.    

    Celebrating our Writing Workshop
    We'll review our writing from the past year and discuss our growth as writers.
    We'll write a letter to next year's third grade and plan summer writing,